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Development and Grant Manager:

Are you goal driven and passionate and about conservation? Do you have fundraising experience? Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hiring a full-time Development and Grant Manager to help us raise and manage funds to keep Nevada wild.

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    Development and Grant Manager


Friends of Nevada Wilderness, www.nevadawilderness.org, is a statewide non­profit organization with a 29­year track record of dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, informing the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and restoring and improving the management of wild lands. We are looking for a highly motivated, strategic, innovative, and organized person who can help us raise and manage funds to keep Nevada wild.


Job Description/Responsibilities

The objective of this position is to lead a team in developing and implementing strategies to raise the annual budget. We seek innovation and adaptation in a rapidly changing sector. Current means for achieving the objective include but needn’t be constrained to:



  • Maintain the FNW grant files and calendar of deadlines for reports, invoices, payment requests, and applications
  • Work with Executive Director and Program Leads to coordinate timely reports and track grant budgets and deliverables.
  • Research and track foundation grant funding opportunities and aggressively pursue new grant opportunities.


Major donors

  • Create, implement and maintain new fundraising opportunities including but not limited to: major donors, legacy donors, and corporate donors.
  • Oversee and integrate donor work of staff and Board of Directors
  • Identify new major donor candidates, create and implement strategies to solicit gifts in excess of $1,000
  • Create strategies to move existing donors to major donor status.


Fundraising Management

  • Promote a culture of philanthropy by motivating staff and volunteers to actively participate in the cultivation and relationship building of individual donors and prospects,
  • Plan and track an annual development plan for the donor program, with an emphasis on cultivation of major donors and solicitation of major gifts. Establish individual donor program fundraising strategies and priorities in collaboration with the fundraising team.
  • Coordinate production of the FNW annual report, Business Prospectus, etc.





The ideal candidate is a leader with strong skills in working with teams, who has at least 4 years in direct fundraising and grant management experience with budgeting and budget tracking, and a passion and familiarity for wildlands and wildlife conservation.


Minimum requirements are:

  • 4 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising;
  • Proven track record raising money through a variety of sources, face to face meetings, calls, grants, mail and through social media channels;
  • Strong personnel management, including interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, handle deadlines, determine and juggle priorities, and work in an open, fast-paced office;
  • Demonstrated ability to write membership fundraising letters, foundation proposals, case statements;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel), the web, and email;
  • Experience with a constituent management database including processing information, creating campaigns, and pulling reports;
  • Experience with data-driven fundraising strategies, like using engagement ladders, targeted marketing, and audience-based communication to increase funds raised and audiences reached
  • Experience coordinating fundraising efforts with a board of directors;
  • Experience with creating and managing a budget; understanding of non-profit finances and basic knowledge of accounting terms and processes;
  • A passion for wildlands conservation.



Hours and Compensation

Hours: Full time, based in our Reno office, with regular business hours and occasional evening or weekend commitments for specific outreach events.

Start: September, 2013

Compensation: Salary, varies by experience, with medical, Simple IRA benefits, and generous vacation/leave. This is a FUN place to work, with a team that cares about wilderness and each other.

To Apply

Send a résumé, cover letter, and 3 references by email to: Darcy Shepard, Administrative Director;




We may ask for samples of fundraising pieces, grant applications, etc.

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